2018 World of Wearable Art (WOW) Awards
Submitted Piece: Lady Ethereal
Category: Reflective Surfaces
Awarded: 3rd Place
19th century couture merges with cyberpunk to create a dream envisioned for other worlds.
Technology advances, propelling humans beyond Earth and toward the stars. Lady Ethereal is a noblewoman in a world where the Victorian silhouette has been re-imagined in space age style. By using natural and synthetic materials, cutting edge technology, and literary inspiration from the cyberpunk genre, Lady Ethereal is a celebration of the feminine form and celestial possibilities.
We looked to Victorian fashion silhouettes to achieve a curvaceous, flowing, and powerful form in galaxy patterned latex, integrating sculptural elements. We explored transforming acrylic into a material that pushed past its rigid nature, creating a shape that echoed the gown’s voluptuous silhouette.
Submitted Piece: Foreign Bodies
Category: Under The Microscope
Awarded: International Award: Overall Winner, International Award: Americas Winner, Under The Microscope Category – 2nd Place
Nanotechnology joins the arterial rush to heal or harm.
There are over thirty-seven trillion cells in the human body. Red blood cells live for only one month on average before being consumed. The bleeding edge of technology is nano. Wherein, humans may soon access these trillions, and gain untold power over our own bodies.
2017 World of Wearable Art (WOW) Awards
Submitted Piece: Labyrinth Gown
Category: Wearable Technology
Awarded: 1st place
The body is a labyrinth of elements, existing in intimate balance. Maori culture revolves around primal elements, and their transmutation into life. Fire, water, stone, metal, all intertwine through our bodies, and strengthen our essence. We are each a complex labyrinth of elements, as unique as our fingerprints.
We have developed techniques for laser cutting and transferring intricate designs in sheet latex to create a stress-free bond. Ordinarily, hand-applied latex bonding results in minor stretching between the bonded layers, which causes curling and warping. The regular concentric curves in this design would not have been possible at this level of precision without our combination of vectored computer aided design, and physical techniques.
Submitted Piece: The Messenger
Awarded: 3rd Place
She watches over the living and transports the dead, the color of lifeblood that connects all. Across human history, birds are deemed as otherworldly beings. Exploring this concept, we created a birdlike spirit personified. Using studies of real specimens, Sculptor Lana Crooks created representations of the osprey wing and raven and sparrow bones by folding and sewing latex material to shape. Dawn looked to Art Nouveau fashion silhouettes to achieve a sensual, feminine, and dominating form, incorporating Lana’s sculptural elements.